José Carlos da Costa Araújo
|Full name||José Carlos da Costa Araújo|
|Date of birth||7 February 1962|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Date of death||24 July 2009(aged 47)|
|Place of death||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|1994–1995||Vitória de Guimarães||15||(0)|
|1999||XV de Piracicaba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
José Carlos da Costa Araújo (7 February 1962 – 24 July 2009), best known as Zé Carlos, was a Brazilian association footballer who played as a goalkeeper. At international level, he represented the Brazilian national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Throughout his career (1983–2000) he played for Americano de Campos, Flamengo, Rio Branco, Cruzeiro, Vitória, XV de Piracicaba, América and Tubarão. He played also in Portugal, where he defended Vitória de Guimarães, SC Farense, and Felgueiras. The best moment in his career came when he played for Flamengo, in the late eighties, when he won one Brazilian championship in 1987 and one Rio de Janeiro state championship in 1986.
At that time he was often called up for the Brazil national football team, but was usually the second goalkeeper after Taffarel. That was the case in the 1988 Olympics. He did play on two occasions in 1989. However, during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he only made the third goalkeeper, after Taffarel and Acácio.
On 26 July 2009, after Flamengo defeated Santos for the first time in official matches playing at Vila Belmiro (Santos' stadium), the current manager of Flamengo, Andrade, who was Zé Carlos' friend and teammate in the 1980s, both in Flamengo and in Brazilian team, crying, dedicated the special victory to Zé Carlos.
- Zé Carlos at National-Football-Teams.com